Congressman INVOLVED – A Gun Was Found!
(FeaturedNews.com) – WSOC-TV reported Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) received a citation for carrying a firearm at the Charlotte Douglas Airport. The incident took place on April 26, when authorities from the Transportation Security Administration reported the discovery of a handgun in his luggage. WSOC-TV noted the weapon was a Staccato C2. It was found when the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department (CMPD) responded.
Madison Cawthorn Cited For Possession Of Loaded Gun At Charlotte Airport https://t.co/y7fw3hBYSh pic.twitter.com/X3DNoSGcP4
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 26, 2022
A CMPD News post on Twitter said Cawthorn cooperated with officials. Officers from the CMPD cited him for possession of a dangerous weapon on city property and confiscated the gun.
…at a security screening checkpoint. Responding CMPD officers identified the owner of the bag containing the firearm as David Madison Cawthorn DOB: 08/01/1995. Mr. Cawthorn stated that the firearm was his and he was cooperative with the CMPD officers. (2/5)
— CMPD News (@CMPD) April 26, 2022
Authorities didn’t arrest the representative or press any criminal charges against him. WSOC-TV spoke with experts, who said he likely did not end up in custody because he is a member of Congress and receives an excuse from arrest under Article 1, Section 6, Clause 1 of the US Constitution. An expert in aviation security noted that it is uncommon for authorities to take anyone into custody in such a situation when they are honest and cooperative, as Cawthorn was.
This incident was not the first for the representative. He also tried to carry a handgun on a flight in February 2021 at the Asheville Regional Airport. He faced no charges at that time. The Daily Wire reported that this citation could net Cawthorn a fine of up to $13,000.
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